Flint Hills Discovery Center To Host Flint Hills Day

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Visitors are invited to attend the inaugural Flint Hills Day Event Saturday May 3 at the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Blue Earth Plaza. The event is a celebration of the ecoregion and the culture and history of the Kaw Nation.

Activities in Blue Earth Plaza will begin at 7 a.m. with the Run for the Hills fun run/walk hosted by the North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging and will be followed by a geocaching event from 10 a.m. to noon.

Special attractions inside the Flint Hills Discovery Center from noon to 4 p.m. will include birds of prey from Milford Nature Center, Kaw Nation displays and activities, folk tunes by “The Skirts,” an acoustic rock group, food vendors and gift store displays.

Children will have the opportunity to create their own native dress and stick dice game with Discovery Center education staff. Admission is required to access some of the activities inside the Discovery Center.

“The concept of a public event focusing on the Flint Hills had been suggested since the early planning of the Flint Hills Discovery Center. This year’s Flint Hills Day is that concept becoming a reality and a way to highlight many aspects of what the region offers all of us whether it be history, nature, culture, music and more,” said Fred Goss, director, Flint Hills Discovery Center.

The main event of the day will be the dancing of the Kaw Nation in Blue Earth Plaza at 6 p.m. The People of the Southwind will perform traditional Kaw dances, free of charge, for the public. Kaw Princess MatheAnna Williams will be among the special guests attending with the Kaw Nation.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Flint Hills Day with the Kaw Nation. This is a great opportunity for families of all ages to come and learn about our region - our past, present and future!” said Karen Hibbard, director, Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Paid Discovery Center attendees also will be able to experience the temporary exhibit, Football, throughout the day. The Football exhibition features interactive displays where visitors can pass a football, test their sprinting skills and balance and other components that reveal the science behind the game.

In addition to the Football exhibition, all permanent exhibits, the Immersive Experience Theater and the Family Fun Zone are included with paid admission.

“We anticipate this being an annual event that will continue to grow and allow us the opportunity to draw attention to what is exclusively special about the Flint Hills and the importance of its preservation for future generations,” said Goss.

For more information, call 785-587-2726 or visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org to purchase general admission tickets.